Creating illusions for the eye can do great things for design. In this case, a simple trick can make your bathroom feel larger. Most of us don’t have the grand bathrooms shown to us in magazines or in this idea-book. But that’s the great thing about this trick: It can work in any size of bathroom. Whether large or small, taking your shower tile entirely to the ceiling will lift your space and make it feel larger.
I believe there are no rules in design, so there is no right or wrong way in laying your tile in this matter. It’s a trick I use and have been happy with the outcome. In some instances it works; for others, it may not be the best solution. Each homeowner should discuss preferences with their designers or contractors in order to install a shower that works best visually for them.
Tip: The larger the tile, the larger your area will look.
You can see the effect of taking tile to the ceiling in this bath, connecting the shower to the skylight and creating the feeling of a taller space.
Even this shower remains large looking even with a dark tiled ceiling.
There was really no help needed in making this shower look large — it already is! But tiling all the way up to the pitched ceiling was still a smart choice. It doesn’t force a break at the wall and it draws your eye all the way up to the circular window and beautiful beams.
Using contrasting tiles can break up the space, especially when the darker tile is on top. Taking the tile to the ceiling draws the eye up, and laying the tiles vertically keeps the colored tile from feeling heavy.
Another great reason to take tile higher: You can mount your shower fixture higher, which can be a necessity if someone in your household is tall.
This technique still works perfectly in a smaller bathroom.
Another small bathroom with a dropped ceiling in the shower. Tiling all the way up was certainly a good move here.